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At Empire's EdgeExploring Rome`s Egyptian Frontier$
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Robert B. Jackson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088564

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088564.001.0001

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Ports on the Red Sea Coast

Ports on the Red Sea Coast

(p.75) IV Ports on the Red Sea Coast
At Empire's Edge

Robert B. Jackson

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that during the peak Roman period, from the late first century bc to the second century ad, seven main ports were operating on the Egyptian Red Sea coast. Although most of these were established by the Ptolemies, the Romans greatly expanded their economic importance. From north to south, these ports were Clysma, Abu Sha'ar, Philoteras, Leukos Limen, Myos Hormos, Nechesia, and Berenike. Clysma was not the bustling port of Peter the Deacon's fancy, and it was never a major Red Sea harbor during the Roman period. Abu Sha'ar was a relatively late Roman fort, which has led most scholars to conclude that the site can no longer be regarded as the possible location of Myos Hormos. The ancient port of Nechesia has never been positively identified, but a recent theory holds that it could be at Marsa Nakari, approximately 19 kilometers south of Marsa Alam.

Keywords:   Roman period, ports, Red Sea Coast, Clysma, Abu Sha'ar, Myos Hormos, Nechesia

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